La Source

Choreography by: George Balanchine

Music by: Léo Delibes

A frothy classical wonder, the French-themed La Source combines thrilling ensemble work with virtuoso pas de deux.

Balanchine’s high regard for Leo Delibes as a composer of music for ballet led him to choreograph a pas de deux from Delibes’ Sylvia in 1950, which Balanchine later expanded into a divertissement in 1965. Balanchine’s desire to use more of Delibes’ music prompted him to choreograph La Source incorporating music from two of Delibes’ ballets, Naila and Sylvia. The present La Source presents a showcase reminiscent of nineteenth century French ballet to 19th century French music.


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excerpts from La Source (Naila), 1866
November 23, 1968, New York City Ballet, New York State Theater
Original Cast
Violette Verdy, John Prinz

24 Min.
Costumes by
Lighting by
Ronald Bates